Looking for the next big thing in solar energy? Peel and stick solar panels use thin film solar technology that allows a broad range of applications, as well as cost significantly less than traditional silicon PV solar panels.
The cost savings come in large part due to the fact that the solar cells do not need glass-covered panels or mounting frames. Not only does that save money, but it also gives peel and stick solar panels a sleek, less noticeable appearance. Stick on solar panels are making their way into building integrated photovoltaics like solar power shingles. Made to look like traditional roof shingles, the thin film PV cells generate clean solar electricity for your home without having to penetrate your roof for brackets and frames.
Among several companies manufacturing peel and stick solar panels is Global Solar Energy Inc. Their product is called the PowerFLEX BIPV, which are being ordered in large quantities around the world, particularly in countries in Europe and Asia, that often have building codes that require lightweight PV panels. Demand for thin film solar technology is expected to explode in the next few years, growing from $1.9 billion in 2010 to more than $16 billion in 2017.
Peel and stick solar panels can be applied to structures, like homes, and can also be implemented in portable solar power charging systems for military operations and Third World Countries.
I can imagine a wide range of possibilities for thin film solar cells – the future of solar power is on its way!